From Chinatown to Little Tokyo: Japan (Hana Restaurant)

Monday, December 12, 2011 § 0

After roaming and eating our way through Binondo, we decided to go the insane route and went on another food trip. This time, in the hidden gem of Pasong Tamo, Little Tokyo. The traffic was terrible since we went there during rush hour, and it has started raining as well. But I knew we were in for a treat when I saw there were a lot of Japanese businessmen having dinner in the area. It was a guarantee that the we were about to eat authentic Japanese food.

Tofu Steak (190) We chose Hana Restaurant for their Takoyaki (120/6 pcs), which unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of because we were already busy eating when it arrived on our table. It was better than the takoyaki being sold in malls but it was still a little floury for my liking. The tofu steak, on the other hand, was seasoned perfectly and had a nice consistency.

Salmon Onigiri (70) Salmon has a tendency to have that awful fishy taste when not cooked properly, but Hana's version was perfect. It was just a little expensive for 70 bucks, but it was really delicious.

Spicy Tuna Salad (180) I was only able to taste a mouthful of this, but based on what I ate, this proved to be a really good dish. That probably means more coming from me than from my friends since I am not a fan of raw tuna. The dressing is bright and has a nice acidic kick. There were also bits of fried tempura batter that add texture to the salad.

Chicken Garlic Steak (250) Boyfriend and I had this chicken with an order of plain rice (50). The chicken was tender while the breading remained crispy even with the sauce. It was screaming with so much flavor, and was perfect with the rice. I didn't even mind eating the garlic bits on top because it enhances the taste of the sauce. This chicken garlic steak is highly recommended and we would definitely go back for it.

Shoyu Ramen (180) One of our friends ordered this enormous bowl of ramen, and according to him, this was really good. He mentioned that the broth had a fishy taste, but it was still something to rave about.

Strawberry and Lemon Kakigori (70 each) These colorful bowls of kakigori were the perfect dessert to end a day of pigging out. It was simple, light, and refreshing. I loved the strawberry flavored one. The lemon was good too, but it turned out to be more sweet than sour.

It was the perfect day for good food and great friends. It really doesn't get any better than that. Just a piece of advice, when going on a food trip, it is always better to come prepared. Read different blog posts about where you're going, print maps and plot out the places you want to visit, and make sure you don't fill yourself up with too much food on your first stop.

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